This second volume of plays by Georg Kaiser contains five plays ranging from his early work through the time of his prolific maturity in the 1920s to his last period as an exile in Switzerland, where he died in 1945.
David and Goliath
is set in Denmark and deals with the power of money over men. The President
, set in France, is ironical in tone and revolves around a lottery and, once again, the power of money. The Flight to Venice
was written at the height of the Expressionist movement in 1922, and is one of the principal plays of the period. One Day in October
is highly complex, using 19th century French literary personalities to make points about literary creation and the relationship between art and life. The final play, The Raft of the Medusa
, takes its title form Gericault's painting that concerns the regeneration of man overlaid with the pessimism of the European struggle.
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